Atlanta mayor seeks Cuba flights, GE HDQ


Corn Field
Dec 5, 2003
Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, is heading to Cuba to show why ATL should be one of the first cities to gain air access to Cuba.

He also is luring GE to leave Connecticut and move its headquarters to Atlanta, already home to 20 Fortune 500 companies.

We dont have the political drag that Florida has with all the interactions with Cuba, Reed said. Im going to Cuba to start getting to know the people and to send a clear message that we want to establish a relationship.

"In early June, GE set up an exploratory committee to look at other places for its corporate headquarters following business-unfriendly legislation the Connecticut legislature passed. Specifically GE mentioned onerous tax legislation that would target corporations in the state.

Weve been working on that, Reed said. I visited with a group of business leaders from Connecticut yesterday. There are 17 headquarters that are based in Connecticut. They have been very aggressive in reaching out about what this would look like.